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Assembly by-polls: Left parties suffer

india Updated: Nov 10, 2009 15:33 IST
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The ruling Left Front in West Bengal on Tuesday appeared heading for another debacle in the assembly bypolls at the hands of Trinamool Congress and Congress even as it was routed in Kerala where Congress retained all the three seats.

In the lone Lok Sabha by-election in Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh, actor-turned-Congress candidate Raj Babbar was leading by 6,870 votes over Dimple Yadav, daughter-in-law of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, at the end of three rounds of counting. The seat fell vacant when Dimple's husband Akhilesh Yadav retained Kannauj and gave up Firozabad.

Of the 31 assembly seats spread over Uttar Pradesh (11), West Bengal (10), Kerala (3) and two each in Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan besides one in Chhattisgarh that went to polls on Saturday, Congress won one seat each in Rajasthan, Assam and Himachal Pradesh, besides the three in Kerala.

In West Bengal, TC-Congress combine bagged five of the 10 seats and was ahead of their Left rivals in three other constituencies.

Continuing with its impressive performance in the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress-led UDF retained all three assembly seats where bypolls were held, defeating ruling LDF.

In UP, ruling BSP candidates were leading in Powayan, Isauli, Hainsar Bazar, Etawah and Bharthana after six-seven rounds of counting, poll authorities said. All these seats were held by SP.

Congress and BJP won two seats each in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, while in Assam, Congress wrested one seat from AGP.